Review of Cowgirl Courage

by L.W. Rogers

More Twists than a Sidewinder!

Cowgirl Courage is a western romance about Jenny Morriston, a young Texan woman in 1883 who is determined to clear her father of a murder charge from 10 years previously. To do so, she must return to the small town of Rio Hondo where he was framed by the real killer. However, she must use a disguise or she will be arrested herself for busting her father out of his cell in the middle of the night. Jenny carries a scar from a bullet that grazed her face during the jailbreak. Although it’s long and disfiguring, she doesn’t let it bother her or stand in the way of anything she wants to do.   

Lucas McCain was Jenny’s best friend from childhood and the one man who tempts her to reveal her true identity. He owns the ranch next to the one she and her father had to abandon when they fled, and he has taken in her horses and cared for them ever since.

Although Lucas doesn’t recognize Jenny, and she keeps her secret from him in order to protect him, they strike up a friendship that rekindles her old feelings for him.

Jenny is one of the toughest heroines you will ever meet! She dresses up like a man, takes on a fake name and persona, and boldly saunters back into town. She can ride, rope, and shoot as well as or better than most of the cowboys in town, but it doesn’t take long before she stirs up so much buried dirt that she is in deep trouble. With her life on the line, and only one man in town she truly trusts, Jenny digs relentlessly into the past.

This book is a fast-paced page-turner with a mystery that will keep you guessing and more twists and turns than a sidewinder. You’ll love the gutsy Jenny and true-blue Lucas and you’ll root for them all the way to the satisfying end. Free in KU or buy for $1.99.

Loretta C. Rogers (who also writes as L.W. Rogers) is a fourth generation Floridian, and proud of her Scots-Irish, German heritage. She admits to using writing as an excuse to avoid cleaning house. In her younger days, she and her pinto mare busted cattle out of the brush. She trailer-trained horses, and competed in a couple of 25-mile trail endurance rides. These days, she rides a rocking chair.

When asked why she writes in different genres, Loretta doesn’t mind telling readers that she lets the characters inside her head tell their own story. From Old West lawmen to Contemporary rival drug cartels, Loretta crafts the plot. She calls it, ‘getting out of the way,’ and letting creativity take over. This is why her tagline is: Romance with a Twist…Expect the Unexpected!

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Katherine Smits is a direct descendant of Susannah Martin, one of the victims of the Salem Witch Trials. Katherine grew up wanting to be a mermaid but discovered to her dismay this was not a viable career choice. Instead, she became a clinical social worker and helped veterans and their families. Now she brings social work training and experience to her stories of mermaids, mages and magical creatures. Within the context of fantasy and romance, her novels explore real-life issues of self-acceptance, body image, relationship dynamics, and fears and phobias. Mystery, suspense, and a little sex add spice to her books.

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